On 5-6 December 2020, Māori Touch NZ and Rotorua Touch partnered to host the 21st Māori Touch NZ National Tournament
held at the International Stadium, Rotorua. Given the 2019 postponement, the tournament was well supported by rohe,
teams and players.
“It was a fabulous weekend and the new venue and partnership will enable the kaupapa and the tournament to continue and
grow,” says Māori Touch NZ co-founder, Carol Ngawati.
Māori Touch NZ would like to extend their thanks to Rotorua Touch, International Stadium staff, Rotorua Lakes Councils,
NZ Community Trust, One Foundation, and Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust for their generous support of the NZ Māori Touch
The tournament’s live-streaming, provided by Gecko Local Productions, enabled thousands of viewers in Aotearoa,
Australia and other parts of the world, to enjoy the final day of competition.
Rotorua Lakes Council warmly invited Māori Touch NZ to return to Rotorua for the 2021 tournament.
“The success of this year’s tournament at the stadium, and the partnership with Rotorua Touch, certainly makes the
prospect attractive,” says Ngawati.OFFICIAL RESULTSGradesWinnersRunner-upUnder 17 GirlsNgāti Tuwharetoa5Tūhoe2Under 17 BoysTainui10Raukawa Ki Waikato9Under 21 MixedTahuri wakanui7Tauranga Moana5Mixed Masters 30Te Raki Paewhenua7Taranaki4Open Women’sTe Matau o Maui4Tauranga Moana3Open MixedTe Whakatohea8Ngāti Whātua7Open Men’sNgāti Wairere7Te Arawa4
Bronston Marsh Memorial Trophy – Rangatahi Referee of the Tournament – Holly Thomas
Referee of the tournament – Harley Wall
Rangatahi Player of the Tournament: Rangatahi Toa George Rogers Memorial Trophy – Tai Rolls-Paewai (Ngāti Kauwhata)
Woman Player of the Tournament: Wahine Toa Donna Morgan-Stone Memorial Trophy – Reiley Bartlett – (Te Matau o Maui)
Male Player of the Tournament: Tane Toa Gerard Ngawati Memorial Trophy – Raiki Willinson (Ngāti Wairere)
Overall Trophy Winner: The roopu that reflects the kaupapa of Māori Touch NZ 2020- Ngāti Hine.